a woman’s undergarment consisting of a strapless brassiere and short corset with attached garters.
1907, from the English title of Franz Lehar’s operetta “Die Lustige Witwe” (1905). “The Lusty Widow” would have been more etymological (see lust (n.)), but would have given the wrong impression in English. Meaning “a type of wide-brimmed hat” (popularized in the play) is attested from 1908.
noun 1. a comedy (1598–1602?) by Shakespeare.
[murz] /mɜrz/ noun 1. Middle East(ern) Respiratory Syndrome: an often fatal respiratory illness caused by a coronavirus similar to the SARS virus and characterized by fever, coughing, and shortness of breath.
/mɜːs; Scottish mɛrs/ noun (Scot) 1. low level ground by a river or shore, often alluvial and fertile 2. a marsh /mɜːs; Scottish mɛrs/ noun 1. the Merse, a fertile lowland area of SE Scotland, in Scottish Borders, north of the Tweed
/German ˈmɛrzəbʊrk/ noun 1. a city in E Germany, on the Saale River, in Saxony-Anhalt: residence of the dukes of Saxe-Merseburg (1656–1738); chemical industry. Pop: 35 358 (2003 est)